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  • Visiting Paris in December Could Be Tricky

    Are you bobbing in the water somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean between Africa and South America, and feel like discussing the future of physical therapy research? Keep an eye out for physical therapist and all-around adventurer Stanley Paris, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, as he sails by. Just don’t expect him to chat too long—the man has places to be.

    Paris, 76, is now well into the first 30 days of his attempt to break the world record for the oldest and fastest person to sail around the world solo. He began the journey on December 2 and hopes to complete the trip in 120 days. He remains confident about his bid, though he got off to a slow start due to inclement weather.

    Paris is taking on the challenge in part to raise funds for the Foundation for Physical Therapy, where he serves on the Board of Trustees. To date, his efforts have helped to raise over $200,000 for the Foundation.

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     You can track his progress in map form and get a firsthand account of the adventure by following his blog.

    Help Stanley Paris bring more attention to the need for research in physical therapy: find out how to donate in honor of the sail and how your name can be added to the hull of the Kiwi Spirit upon her return. Visit www.foundation4pt.org for details.

    Get Ready For Innovation 2.0

    In the wake of APTA's highly popular 2013 Innovation Summit, the association is launching Innovation 2.0, a new program that will provide funding awards and 1-on-1 guidance to innovators who are developing or participating in new ways to promote the role of physical therapy in collaborative care models.

    On January 9, APTA will begin accepting letters of intent from applicants who are engaged in innovations in models of care that include accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes, bundled payment systems, and patient management of chronic conditions. APTA will provide funding and in-kind services to selected applicants, and engage participants in individual work with experts and leaders to further promote the impact of physical therapy on these emerging models.

    Innovation 2.0 is designed to assist the physical therapy community in connecting the dots from feasibility studies to meaningful outcomes and to help move great ideas from small-scale use to wide applicability.

    Detailed information on how to submit your letter of intent as well as the formal application process will be released in January. Spread the news and stay tuned for more information at the beginning of the year.

    NIH Seeking Input From PTs on Activity and Disease Prevention

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund wants to identify potential research on the molecular-level connection between physical activity and disease prevention, and is looking to the physical therapy community for input.

    According to an alert from NIH, the intent behind this effort is no less than to "identify potential next steps for moving the entire biomedical research enterprise forward in this area." The work is being overseen by leaders from the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, with broad support throughout NIH.

    Physical therapists interested in providing input on this project can submit information at the project's Request for Information webpage. Deadline for submission is December 31.

    On Move Forward Radio: PT Helps Former NFL Player Make the Move to Endurance Sports

    In this week’s episode of Move Forward Radio, former professional football player Don Davey describes how he decided to compete in an ironman competition after retirement from professional football, and how Mike Ryan, PT, ATC, of the Jacksonville Jaguars, helped him reach that goal.

    Ryan, himself a competitive ironman, knew that making Davey's dream possible would require the former defensive tackle to dramatically reshape his body through training regimens built to accommodate football-related injuries. With Ryan's guidance, Davey has now competed in several ironman events.

    Ryan is the head certified athletic trainer/physical therapist of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In addition to taking care of professional football players, Ryan is a 6-time ironman triathlete.

    Move Forward Radio typically airs twice a month. Episodes are featured and archived at MoveForwardPT.com, APTA's official consumer information website, and can be streamed online via Blog Talk Radio or downloaded as a podcast via iTunes.

    Move Forward Radio and other MoveForwardPT.com resources provide PTs with great ways to educate the public about the benefits of treatment by a physical therapist. Ideas for future episodes and other feedback can be e-mailed to consumer@apta.org.

    Knee OA Presentation Now Available

    Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants can learn more about knee osteoarthritis (OA) through a free 30-minute presentation now available online.

    The "Lunch and Learn" program features Daniel White, PT, ScD, NCS, a research assistant professor at Boston University, and focuses on epidemiology and how to increase activity for individuals affected by knee OA.

    The program is sponsored by the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance, a national coalition of concerned organizations mobilized by the Arthritis Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). APTA is a part of the alliance.

    Car Rental Discounts Available for APTA Members

    APTA members traveling over the holidays can get discounts on rental cars, thanks to special programs from Avis and Budget.

    Both companies are offering savings of up to 25% for APTA members and will allow the use of additional online coupons to further reduce prices. Reservations can be made through the Avis website or by phone at 1-800-331-1212 (mention AWD number T031200), and through the Budget website or by phone at 800/445-2848 (mention BCD number X570900).

    Budget is also offering $25 toward a future rental through its "Budget Bucks" program. More information on the program is available at the Budget website.